ENDERLIN, N.D. — Enderlin basketball standout Joe Hurlburt will play college basketball at the University of Colorado.
With offers from a number of Power Five programs, the four-star, 6-foot-10 junior center announced Monday on Twitter that he was verbally committing to the Buffaloes
“First off, I would like to thank God for blessing me with countless opportunities and allowing me to play the game I love,” Hurlburt said in his announcement on Twitter. “Next, I would like to thank my parents for all of the time and effort they have put in to get me where I am today. Thank you to everyone supporting me on this journey including my teammates, coaches, trainers, friends, and family. Big thanks to (Enderlin) coach (Calvin) Kraft for always believing in me and pushing me to be my best. Thank you to the whole D1 Minnesota program for the opportunity to develop and compete at a high level. I’m excited to announce my commitment to The University of Colorado.”
Hurlburt averaged 22.6 points per, 14.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game as a junior. He was named to the North Dakota Class B All-State boys basketball team.
He is rated by 247sports as the No. 11 center in the nation in the class of 2022, the No. 70 player overall and the No. 1 player in North Dakota.
The Enderlin center also had offers from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Ohio State, Iowa, Iowa State, Virginia Tech, Oregon State, North Dakota State and North Dakota.
Colorado was the runner-up to Oregon State in the Pac-12 Tournament this season. They went on to defeat Georgetown in the first round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to Florida State in the second round. The Pac-12 is well represented in the deep stages of this year’s tournament, with three teams reaching the Elite Eight — Oregon State, USC and UCLA — while Oregon reached the Sweet 16.
Hurlburt’s Eagles went 18-4 this season, losing just three regular-season matchups. Enderlin started the season winning 10 of their first 11 games and had an eight-game winning streak before their season ended against Oak Grove in the Class B Region 1 tournament.